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08/06/2018 - Synthetic cannabis could increase stroke risk
Young users of synthetic cannabis, also known as ‘spice’ or ‘k2,’ could increase their risk of a stroke, doctors have warned after a 25-year-old was left with a permanent disability. More

08/06/2018 - E-cig users should use high nicotine versions
Former smokers who turn to vaping and e-cigarettes seem to fare better by choosing devices with high nicotine levels, rather than low, British researchers say today. More

31/05/2018 - E-cigarettes questioned on No Tobacco Day
E-cigarette flavourings and misleading adverts should be banned to protect the health of young people, a group of leading international doctors says today. More

29/05/2018 - Gene increases alcohol cardiomyopathy risk
A gene variant linked to heart failure may amplify the risks from alcohol drinking, British researchers have reported. More

13/04/2018 - Drinking more alcohol than guidelines risks life expectancy
Drinking more alcohol than the recommended UK guidelines could reduce life expectancy by up to five years, according to a new analysis. More

21/03/2018 - Sexist alcohol culture challenged
Social attitudes to women drinking are unacceptable and creating an unsafe culture, Scottish doctors say today. More

27/02/2018 - Alcohol-misuse 'wonder drug' is ineffective
A so-called “wonder drug” for alcohol use disorders is no more effective than a placebo, according to a new UK study. More

21/02/2018 - Clear alcohol link to dementia
Long-term heavy alcohol intake is linked to an increased risk of all types of dementia, French researchers report today. More

09/02/2018 - Vapers at risk of pneumonia?
Vaping could make people vulnerable to pneumonia, according to a new analysis based on laboratory research. More

05/01/2018 - Resolutions may trigger risk-reducing behaviour change - study
Sticking to New Year resolutions to lead a healthier lifestyle helps individuals reduce the risk of developing cancer, according to Welsh researchers. More

04/01/2018 - How alcohol damages DNA
Researchers have discovered some of the exact ways that alcohol causes genetic damage that may trigger the development of cancer. More

03/01/2018 - Social status link to alcohol heart risks
The hazards of excessive alcohol consumption may apply more strongly to people in lower socioeconomic groups, according to a new analysis. More

28/11/2017 - Obesity threat to cardiovascular health – especially in UK
The world’s wealthiest countries have successfully reduced deaths from cardiovascular disease and stroke – but this is under threat from rising rates of obesity, according to a major study published today. More

19/09/2017 - Budget cigarettes ‘killing’ infants
The sale of budget cigarettes across Europe has contributed significantly to infant mortality, researchers warned today. More

12/09/2017 - Doubts over pregnancy alcohol harm
There is “surprisingly limited” evidence that drinking alcohol during pregnancy is harmful, according to an analysis published today. More

23/08/2017 - Substance misuse rising in baby boomers
There is an increase in alcohol and drug misuse among people aged over 50, public health experts warn today. More

10/08/2017 - Cannabis link to hypertension
Regular use of cannabis raises the risk of hypertension, researchers have reported. More

28/07/2017 - Alcohol link to diabetes risk
Moderate drinking is linked to a relatively low risk of diabetes, Danish researchers report today. More

07/06/2017 - Moderate drinking's brain effects
Consuming even a small amount of alcohol may have negative effects on the brain, particularly the hippocampus, British researchers say today. More

26/04/2017 - Binge drinking link to heart risk
A study of a German drinking festival has reported a link between alcohol consumption and cardiac arrhythmia. More

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